Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Fallout earned nearly $800m at the worldwide box office, racked up some of the best reviews the Mission: Impossible franchise had ever seen, and gave social media one of its greatest memes of all time (Henry-Cavill-Reloads-His-Arms.gif). As such, there was zero question that Fallout's success would lead to another Mission: Impossible; the only real question was when it might arrive, and who might direct it.
Today, we got an answer...and then some.
According to Variety, Mission: Impossible - Fallout's Christopher McQuarrie has officially signed on to direct two more Mission: Impossible movies. These sequels will be filmed back-to-back, with one arriving in summer 2021 and the other in the summer of 2022.
McQuarrie seemed to confirm the news himself, on Twitter, moments before Variety's story ran:
Missions: Accepted#MissionImpossible— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 14, 2019
McQuarrie coming back for Mission: Impossible - Fallout after directing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation bucked the franchise's tradition of having a new director come in for each installment. By planting McQuarrie on the next two films, Paramount is sending a very clear message: that tradition is dead. How excited you are about that will largely depend on how you felt about the last two Mission: Impossible sequels. From where we're standing, those movies ruled, so this is great news.
Indeed, this is a time for celebration amongst the BMD staff.
How 'bout y'all? Are you excited to hear two more Mission: Impossibles are on the way? Glad that McQuarrie's taking this franchise over completely? Think the next one will end on a massive cliffhanger? How do you think they'll top Fallout's freefall stunt? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on this one as further updates roll in.